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Kenney now telling newspaper columnists how to write

During a Wednesday press conference, Kenney scolded Calgary Sun columnist Rick ‘Dinger’ Bell about not writing positive things about him.

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Apparently not content with having a province to run in the middle of a COVID-19 crisis, it appears Alberta Premier Jason Kenney wants to be a newspaper editor.

During a Wednesday press conference, Kenney scolded Calgary Sun columnist Rick ‘Dinger’ Bell about not writing positive things about him.

Bell has been harshly critical of Kenney lately as the premier deals with a pandemic, a splintering caucus and allegations this week his office is using third parties to work against dissenting MLA at this weekend’s UCP AGM.

“Last week, I don’t know if you wrote a column about this, Rick, because maybe it’s too fun and easy just to write about people who are angry with the government over COVID policy,” Kenney scolded Bell.

Rick Bell. Courtesy Facebook

“I know you’ve been doing that for a couple of years, good for you.

“I would challenge you, maybe, to find space, I don’t know a paragraph, about one of the biggest weeks in the history of the Alberta economy.

“I know it’s a small deal,” he ended, sarcastically.

Kenney was referring to deals signed in the province the last week that will see the investment of $7 billion.

In his column Thursday, Bell retorted: “But the premier surely is not saying he cannot work on his government files and, at the same time, figure out how much he is to blame for his dismal unpopularity and come up with a plan on how he can fix it.

“Alas, it’s clear Kenney doesn’t see a problem. He doesn’t want to focus on ‘internal political disputes.'”

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  1. Leslie Solar

    November 19, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    I am not a journalist; that being said, let me have a stab at a column for King Kenney.

    Dear Esteemed Premier;

    As a member of the Deplorables that you of the royal jelly despise hearing from, may I humbly try to assist your excellency in understanding those who dwell beneath you. First of all, the new “projects” in Alberta are nice. But in this era of technology, they may or may not improve the lives of us poor servants. Lots of taxes may flow into the Kingdom’s coffers for aristocrats such as yourself to make use of (pillage and theivery may even ensue in the name of law and goodness). Whether the lives of your serfs will be enhanced is questionable, given your track record handling the non-existent pandemic to the underclass’ detriment.

    So let me have the temerity to pose a question or two for your excellency. Why were the doctors ordered not to provide early treatment for Covid? Why was no treatment allowed, unless and until deterioration of health occurred and the patient was so compromised that he/she ended up in ICU? I realize that eating cake was occupying your time, but You must have taken a moment or two to wonder why this was happening? Particularly after President Trump got Covid and was cured in some 2 or 3 days after his diagnosis?

    So why did we “little guys” have our businesses shut down, our oxygen reduced by having to wear “masks” that have no “science” justifying their mandated wearing? (And where pictures exist where you and your cronies are not following those mandates that the lower class are required to follow?)

    But, I must apologize on bended knee. I realize that I am completely out of line, in asking questions of you. You have many more important friends that I, your poor ink-stained wretch, who supplicates on bended knee. I ask no more of your precious time. I have but one favor to ask, in closing. In the useful pursuit of any spare time that i might have while my business is barely surviving, I wish to pursue a useful hobby. Could you perchance direct me to a public library whose fees are minimal, where I might find useful plans for the building of a contraption sometimes called a Guillotine. I am hopeful that I might be able to survive by selling a few to those in the populace that can afford a small sum to compensate me for my efforts.

    your faithful and obedient servant

    Journalist SolarFlare

  2. berta baby

    November 19, 2021 at 5:47 am

    It seems to me after Rick got his last round of vaccine he has become rather communistic.

    I agree with kenney on the fact that media is driving the insanity and Rick bell along with Gunter and sometimes even this rag sensationalize the panic and Pitt people against each other .
    Like some fat ass who never gets off the couch oinks at the unvaxxed because she read they are to blame for her Being a high risk to Covid…. Yelling between bits of cookies num num LOCK THEM UP num num num.

  3. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    November 18, 2021 at 8:48 pm

    The media both writers and TV have not kept pace with what the rank and file Albertan’s understand the split between the city and rual voters. Could it be that most rual folks are not clouded by funny smoke ?

  4. M S

    November 18, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    I don’t in any way want to stick up for Kenny (to the curb time!) but Bell is bursting at the seams with Covid Koolaide. I think he’s having an affair with Notley (Ick, unsee that please)! His days of penning anything remotely relevant are longggg gone….Cozy up to your triple baconator with cheese Rick(Share a bite with Rachel), you truly ARE yesterdays news!

  5. Bryan

    November 18, 2021 at 2:12 pm

    Not a big fan of the ‘Drinker’, due to his stance on vaxxes however, he’s the best that we have, of the MSM. Go get overlord ‘Justin’ Kenney!

  6. Mises

    November 18, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Keep at it Rick. AB is a graveyard for fake conservatives. He will never recover.

  7. Proud Albertan

    November 18, 2021 at 11:58 am

    My MLA’s for Brooks Medicine Hat is a Kenny boot licker and a one and done MLA’s for this area… I tried to get her take on lockdowns and the harm and she was all for the government mandates … buys into AHS hospital bed bullshit…

  8. Roger Waterhouse

    November 18, 2021 at 11:56 am

    Unbelievable! It would probably be easier to write positive stuff if he hadn’t screwed up EVERYTHING else.

  9. Baron Not Baron

    November 18, 2021 at 11:09 am

    Little dictator wannabe

  10. Barbara

    November 18, 2021 at 10:46 am

    Everyone keep calling your MLAs . Don’t let them back off . They need to know if they don’t stop him we’ll stop them.

    This needs to stop this weekend

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Madu out as justice minister

“I have spoken with Minister Madu about the March 10 incident reported in the media today. I conveyed to him my profound disappointment in his decision to contact the Edmonton Police Chief after receiving a ticket for a traffic violation.”

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has removed Justice Minister Kaycee Madu from his job after he called Edmonton’s police chief about a distracted parking ticket he received.

Madu was fined $300 on March 10, 2021 after an Edmonton police officer caught him talking on his cellphone while driving through a playground zone.

Madu soon phoned Dale McFee, the city’s chief of police, and discussed the ticket with him. 

“Minister Madu did contact me via the telephone concerned about a ticket. But just to be very, very clear, he never asked to get out of the ticket,” McFee told CBC News in December, adding he didn’t know exactly what was on the ticket.

“Everybody has to wear their decisions.”

McFee did say during their discussion, Madu brought up the issue of racial profiling by police to stop drivers. Madu is black.

“The officer indicated that he had observed me driving while distracted, alleging that I was on my phone. I disagreed, stating that I was not on my phone, as it was in an inside pocket” said Madu.

“Later, I spoke to Chief Dale McFee. Due to the timing of the incident, I wanted to ensure that I was not being unlawfully surveilled following the controversy surrounding the Lethbridge Police Service. I also raised concerns around profiling of racial minorities that was in the media at the time.

“Chief McFee assured me that that was most definitely not the case, and I accepted him at his word.”

But that wasn’t good enough for Kenney who, after CBC broke the story, removed him from his post because it is “essential the independent administration of justice is maintained.

“I have spoken with Minister Madu about the March 10 incident reported in the media today. I conveyed to him my profound disappointment in his decision to contact the Edmonton Police Chief after receiving a ticket for a traffic violation,” Kenney tweeted.

“Minister Madu told me that he did not ask to have the ticket rescinded, nor was it his intention to interfere in the case, and that he promptly paid the ticket. I understand that Chief McFee has confirmed that at no time did the Minister seek to have the ticket rescinded.

“Nevertheless, it’s essential the independent administration of justice is maintained. That’s why I will appoint a respected independent investigator to review the relevant facts and to determine whether there was interference in the administration of justice in this case.”

Energy Minister Sonya Savage will take on the duties of Minister of Justice and Solicitor General.

The scandal will be a blow for Kenney as Madu was one of his biggest supporters in an often fractured caucus.

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Home buyers and sellers can now use bitcoin

“This is yet another step towards a bitcoin standard society as we continue to propel bitcoinʼs usability. Our ability to process tens of millions of dollars with ease will allow customers looking to use bitcoin in real estate transactions to transact with confidence.”

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Canadians will soon be able to buy and sell their homes with bitcoin.

Edmonton-based Bitcoin Well announced Tuesday they have signed a deal with Greater Property Group (GPG) where customers use bitcoin and other digital currencies to buy and sell residential and commercial real estate.

The signed letter of intent will see both companies promote the other through their respective websites and real estate transactions involving bitcoin will be conducted through the joint venture.

Bitcoin Well will provide digital currency services and licensing, compliance strategy and required Know Your Customer processes. GPG will provide real estate services, licensing and strategy.

“I canʼt wait to begin working with GPG,” said Adam OʼBrien, founder and CEO of Bitcoin Well.

“This is yet another step towards a bitcoin standard society as we continue to propel bitcoinʼs usability. Our ability to process tens of millions of dollars with ease will allow customers looking to use bitcoin in real estate transactions to transact with confidence.

“Working with GPG is an exciting look at how the bitcoin infrastructure we’ve built can scale. We have the pieces in place to help set the stage to help global industries adopt bitcoin. It’s exciting to see real estate being one of the first.”

Officials with GPG say they welcome the agreement.

“As a brokerage that facilitates buying and selling houses with cryptocurrency, we couldnʼt be happier to be partnering with Bitcoin Well on this venture.” said Nathan Singh, managing partner of Greater Property Group.

“The applications for cryptocurrency in real estate are limitless, and we look forward to bringing that investment power and flexibility to more and more transactions and agents from coast to coast.”

The completion of the joint venture agreement is expected in the first quarter of 2022.

Bitcoin Well is the first publicly traded Bitcoin ATM company in the world and is traded on the TSX.V under the ticker BTCW.V

Publisher’s Note: Bitcoin Well is an advertising client of Western Standard New Media Corp.

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Calgary lawyer applauds Shell’s reversal of vax mandate

“The woke thing to do right now is bring in these mandates. It has nothing to do with science or safety,” said lawyer James Kitchen.

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In the wake of Shell Canada temporarily removing its mandatory vaccine policy at its Scotford site in Alberta, Calgary lawyer James Kitchen called it a “good and lawful” move.

Kitchen — a civil litigation lawyer focused on constitutional rights, human rights, and health freedom — represents a number of clients in the oil and gas sector, including CNRL staffer Naomi Smart who was the first employee dismissed without cause for refusing to adhere to the mandatory vaccine policy.

“There are two potential things happening here,” Kitchen told the Western Standard in reference to Shell’s decision to change its vaccine policy at the Scotford site.

“Either Shell is concerned with defending themselves legally — as the vaccines have little to no effect on transmission — or, there are decent human beings (who) run Shell who are looking at the science and they realize this is the sensible thing to do.”

Kitchen said Shell could be “showing some good business sense” and now, after “spending all this money and realizing nothing we do will stop it (the spread of COVID-19),” they are looking to get back to work.

“The woke thing to do right now is bring in these mandates. It has nothing to do with science or safety,” said Kitchen.

When asked if the move from Shell to reverse its vaccination policy might affect the outcome of current legal cases — including some of his own — Kitchen said he’s doubtful.

“Generally speaking, the court doesn’t care. The industry does what it wants so in a strictly legal sense, no. But in a broader sense, it does matter,” said Kitchen.  

“It’s like a band-wagon effect,” he said adding if other companies follow suit, “it could give pause and change course for policymakers.”

“I don’t expect others to follow, but I’m hopeful,” said Kitchen.

Kitchen applauded Shell for what he called, “the most reasonable, lawful positions I’ve seen in a long time.

“They have chosen not to be willfully ignorant of what is good, right and lawful and have chosen against coercion and tyranny,” said Kitchen.

“I hope it’s a harbinger of things to come.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

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